The Phantom of the Opera (Ooperifantoom)

The Phantom of the Opera (Ooperifantoom)

A new production of the most desired musical of the most protected composer in the world. 

Vanemuine has the right to stage a new production of “The Phantom of the Opera”. So far one production version of “The Phantom of the Opera” has been played in 27 countries all over the world. Vanemuine is the third theatre in the world that has been granted the right to produce a new production. This is by far the most valuable licence Vanemuine has ever been granted – the production that has gained over 130 million visits is known to be the most strictly protected play. Gaining the licence is a huge recognition to everyone at Vanemuine. 

The collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company started in 2002 with the production “Evita” staged at Tartu Town Hall Square. Since then, altogether 11 years, the theatre has been working towards gaining the licence of “The Phantom of the Opera”. 

The first person to introduce the phantom of the opera to the world was French writer Gaston Leroux – his novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra was published as a novella from September 1909 to January 1910 in the publication Le Gaulois. The writing of the novel was partly inspired by actual events that took place at the Paris Opera in the 19th century. Today the original novel has been overshadowed by subsequent stage and film versions, of which the most well-known are the silent film classic of 1925 by Lon Chaney and Rupert Julian and, naturally, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical of 1986 with its enchanting and unforgettable sound.

This production of the ambitious musical – at times frightening and seemingly out of its depth – was brought to the audience by the troupe of the Vanemuine under the guidance of Georg Malvius. The result deserves a high mark. /…/ The two plots of the theatre within a theatre activate the audience. There are moments when one cannot figure out whether we are watching the rehearsal of a new opera at the Paris Opera or Webber’s musical in the Vanemuine. Both actually work. The viewer gets an inkling of what goes on backstage, of the conditionality of theatre. Even the ghost in The Phantom of the Opera has two roles to perform: he captivates the actors and actresses, and the actors and actresses in turn captivate the audience in the hall.

Alo Põldmäe, Tartu Postimees newspaper

Premiere on 4 October 2014 at the Vanemuine Grand Building
In Estonian, with English and Finnish subtitles

The most famous musical of all time!

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Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe
Translated by Leelo Tungal
Director Georg Malvius (Sweden)
Musical director and conductor Martin Sildos
Stage designer Iir Hermeliin
Costume designer Ellen Cairns (Scotland)
Lighting designer Palle Palmé (Sweden)
Choreographer Adrienne Abjörn (Sweden)
Video Designer Taavi Varm
In Roles Phantom – Koit Toome
Christine – Maria Listra
Other leading roles are performed by Kalle Sepp („Starlight Cabaret”), Pirjo Jonas, Valter Soosalu, Simo Breede, Lauri Liiv, Merle Jalakas, Kärt Anton, Rasmus Kull et al.
The Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, a rock band, the Vanemuine Opera Choir and Ballet Troupe also take part in the production.